Title: Serious Moonlight
Author: Jenn Bennett
Genre: YA, Romance
After an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel are forced to work together in a Seattle hotel where a famous author leads a mysterious and secluded life in this romantic contemporary novel from the author of Alex, Approximately.
Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. Raised in isolation and homeschooled by strict grandparents, she’s cultivated a whimsical fantasy life in which she plays the heroic detective and every stranger is a suspect. But her solitary world expands when she takes a job the summer before college, working the graveyard shift at a historic Seattle hotel.
In her new job, Birdie hopes to blossom from introverted dreamer to brave pioneer, and gregarious Daniel Aoki volunteers to be her guide. The hotel’s charismatic young van driver shares the same nocturnal shift and patronizes the waterfront Moonlight Diner where Birdie waits for the early morning ferry after work. Daniel also shares her appetite for intrigue, and he’s stumbled upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—might be secretly meeting someone at the hotel.
To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell…discovering that the most confounding mystery of all may be her growing feelings for the elusive riddle that is Daniel.
Do you know how much I love a quirky character with an awesome hobby? So much. Birdie is my kind of gal, but she is no one’s gal Friday. She is the lead in her own story, even if she can be a bit shy. She is also a relatable character, someone who has been a bit stuck in life until something big spurs her on.
Daniel Aoki would’ve been the guy I crushed on in high school. I am just throwing that out there right now and I don’t mean it in a dirty way. He’s charming. That’s what I mean.
Now I’m at the age where I just want these two to treat each other well and eat right.
This book was super enjoyable from beginning to end. The plot was easy to follow, and unlike some books I didn’t find myself wishing for it to speed up. The hotel is it’s own gorgeously described setting and I may have fell a bit in love with the city.